The man and his daughter were winched from Tryfan. Photo: Terry Hughes CC-BY-SA-2.0

The man and his daughter were winched from Tryfan. Photo: Terry Hughes CC-BY-SA-2.0

An 11-year-old girl and her father were airlifted from a Snowdonia mountain after getting stuck on steep ground.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation was called out on Sunday when the 44-year-old man and his daughter were reported to be stranded on the West Face of Tryfan.

The team received the alert about 5pm. Chris Lloyd of Ogwen Valley MRO said: “They had gone up the North Ridge into the low cloud, drizzle and greasy rocks.

“They encountered lingering patches of snow. Wisely they decided to turn back but unfortunately lost the path.

“They ended up descending the steep and loose West Face until they could descend no more.”

Team members were already on the hills after being called out to rescue a man in his 40s with a knee injury on Tal y Fan, on the northern edge of the Carneddau range. He slipped on wet grass while descending the mountain with his wife.

Mr Lloyd said: “He was treated and stretchered to the team Land Rover parked on a green lane about half a mile away.”

As the team from the Tal y Fan rescue was making its way back to the team headquarters, the Coastguard helicopter was flying back to Caernarfon from the Lake District.

Mr Lloyd said: “As one of the stuck party was an 11-year-old girl who had been out in the cold and wet all day, the helicopter was asked to assist.

“They located the pair, winched them aboard and landed at Oggi Base.”

The rescue capped a busy weekend for the team, which held its annual meeting on Saturday morning. In the middle of the afternoon, ambulance staff contacted the volunteers with a request for help with an injured mountain biker on the Marin Trail in the Gwydir Forest high up between Llanrwst and Betws y Coed.

Mr Lloyd said: “All he could report was that he was 10 miles from the start. After the ambulance had toured the single track roads in the area, they called for OVMRO to assist in locating the young man.

“He was soon found on the narrow trail about 30m above the forest road. He was treated by the paramedics for a serious knee injury then carried down to the ambulance by OVMRO.”

Team members then gathered for the organisation’s annual dinner at Siabod Cafe in Capel Curig.

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